A group of Winkler figure skaters are heading off to the Manitoba Open Competition. The skaters will compete at Stride Place, hosted by the Portage Skating Club, Feb. 16-18. Left, Sofia Polynko, Daniela Heinrichs, Brooke Kuhl, Jessica Heinrichs, Naomi Hildebrand and Hailey Penner.

Manitoba Open Awaits

A group of Winkler figure skaters are heading off to the Manitoba Open Competition. The skaters will compete at Stride Place, hosted by the Portage Skating Club, Feb. 16-18. Sofia Polynko, Daniela Heinrichs, Brooke Kuhl, Jessica Heinrichs, Naomi Hildebrand and Hailey Penner are the local skaters taking part.

Mike McEwen. File Photo

Chickenpox knocks McEwen from the house

Mike McEwen has faced some tough opponents in his curling career, but never one quite like this. The top-seeded skip and two-time defending champ at the Manitoba men’s curling championship has come down with a case of chickenpox, leaving his status for the rest of the event in doubt.

Members of the ceremonial team Brennan Kezema, Henry (Hank) Klassen and Abe Suderman (back) swept in the ceremonial rock to officially kick off the 2018 Viterra Championship on Jan. 31. (LAUREN MACGILL, Winkler Times)

Viterra Championship kicks off

The Viterra Championship kicked off on Jan. 31, bringing the best of Manitoba men’s curling to Winkler. Mayor Martin Harder and MLA for Morden-Winkler Cameron Friesen were on hand for the opening ceremonies, and local musician Jayme Giesbrecht sang the national anthem. Event chair Louis Tanguay also took a moment to remember Gary and Tammy Berg.

Pat Simmons delivers during the provincial men's curling championship in Winkler, Man., on Wed., Jan. 31, 2018. Kevin King/Winnipeg Sun

Pat Simmons heads young 'Toba team

It was a shot in the dark, aimed over the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border. And it brought a zombie-killing, Brier-winning skip to this province, where he’s trying to take a team young enough to be his kids to a national championship.

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Superstitious feeling

Mike McEwen doesn’t call them superstitions. He prefers “quirks.”Last week, McEwen didn’t appear at the news conference unveiling the top seeds for the provincial men’s curling championship, leaving his third, BJ Neufeld, to do the talking. It’s the third straight year the skip has been conspicuous by his absence.

Steel-belted McEwen gunning for three

Four-wheel drive and snow tires helped Mike McEwen get through the blowing snow to the Manitoba men’s curling championship, here, Tuesday. With a little luck and a lot of hard work, he’ll slide into Sunday’s final and park himself next to a piece of history.

Left, Brennan Kezema, Ross Derksen, Henry (Hank) Klassen and Abe Suderman make up the ceremonial Winkler team at the 2018 Viterra Championship. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Winkler Times)

Viterra ceremonial team named

The 2018 Winkler Viterra Championship Host Committee will honour four local curlers as part of the opening ceremonies on Jan. 31. The four selections represent different generations of curlers. Abe Suderman, at 91 years old, is a 60-year plus member of the Winkler Curling Club.

Event chair Louis Tanguay, Access Control co-chairs Chris Kalansky and Cindy Kalansky and volunteer chair Sheila Reimer are preparing for the Viterra Championship. (LAUREN MACGILL, Winkler Times)

Viterra preparations well underway

The Viterra Men’s Provincial Curling Championship is less than three weeks away and soon curling teams from across the province and fans will be flooding into Winkler for the event. Event chair Louis Tanguay said planning has been going smoothly.

Pickleball player Rose Sawatzky is bringing awareness to the sport.

Morden pickleballer promoting sport

A local pickleball player is bringing awareness to the sport through workshops this week. Rose Sawatzky has been playing pickleball for two years now. “I was in Arizona two years ago and the weather wasn’t exactly nice so I joined the gym,” she said.

The Carman Skating Club is excited to be hosting the 2018 Central Regional STARSkate Competition this weekend. The local figure skaters pictured above will be representing the town on Saturday, Jan. 13 when the annual competition is held in Carman for the first time in nine years. Organizers are hoping to fill the Carman Arena with hometown crowds throughout the day. (EMILY DISTEFANO)

Carman set to host regional skate championships

Fans of figure skating and homegrown talent are invited to watch eighty-six competitors from ten skating clubs across Central Manitoba showing off their skills at the Central Regional STARSkate Championships in Carman this weekend.

GVC Varsity Girls win Consolation final

The Garden Valley Collegiate Varsity Girls basketball team showed they could play with the province’s best, as they won the consolation final during a weekend tournament. Coach Dan Forte said the tournament draw featured five AAAA schools who were ranked in the top 10 for most of last season, along with GVC, River East and Selkirk.

Left, Skip Jayden Rutter, third Reece Hamm, second Brennan Kezema and lead Ryan Zapotochny.

Winkler rink earns provincial berth

A Carman skip has led his team to victory, and a spot at the Canola Growers U21 Junior Provincials in Altona. Jayden Rutter led his team, made up of Winkler curlers Reece Hamm and Brennan Kezema and Winnipeg’s Ryan Zapotochny to victory at the Central Regional U21 Berth Bonspiel in Holland, Dec. 9. Rutter’s rink plays out of the Winkler Curling Club.

The Carman Beavers hosted the Notre Dame Hawks Dec. 12. The final score was 7-1 for Notre Dame. (EMILY DISTEFANO)

Hawks take down Beavers

The Notre Dame Hawks took down the Beavers on Carman ice on Tuesday night, trouncing their rivals with a 7-1 finish.